Artists Anne-Marie Culhane and Paul Conneally conceived and led the first ever renga ramble - renga on the move - walking through the urban streets of Sheffield to its urban edge. It forms part of Culhane's wider Grow Sheffield work and Conneally's psychogeographic explorations of urban and other spaces through walking and poetry - haikai poetry/art - japanese renga and haiku poetry.
The Grow Sheffield Renga Ramble formed part of Sheffield's festival of reading and writing 'Off the Shelf' 2007.
Culhane & Conneally came up with the concept of 'renga ramble' and started to explore it first in summer 2007. This unedited video footage shows the participants reading the finished renga immeadiatly on completion in the Crookes Quarry allotment of organic gardening guru Richard Clare.
OFF THE SHELF / GROW SHEFFIELD RENGA RAMBLE A Circle of Fire A twelve tone Junicho Renga Ramble in the season of autumn From Weston Park Museum to and on Crookes Quarry Allotments, Sheffield, 13th October 2007. Below is the final text which differs slightly from the recording which was made in the raw directly on completion of the renga process in the allotment space.
this misty morning a scattering of beech nuts on the damp footpath
a circle of fire choosing the middle way
comfort fusion cooking Hing Wah's fish and chips ready to rumble!
skips piled high with stuff just ripe for recycling
beer tainted under a winter moon fag stubs erect
slow golfing over house clad hills
I'm like a rubber ball I keep bouncing back to you
loving hands tend myrtle olive, soft purple plums
cherry coke in a greenhouse an amazing view
the 21st century spreadeagled
Shakespeare's not here but prunus is I piss on the earth
dew licks my steps fresh grown grass
Paul Conneally (master poet) Anne-Marie Culhane (host poet) Felicity Stout Nadine Wills Joseph Conneally Vanessa Senger Jenny Laird Andrea Allsopp Su Walker
Renga Ramble was conceived and performed by Anne-Marie Culhane and Paul Conneally with people from Sheffield.
The concept of Renga Ramble and the work A Circle of Fire are the intellectual property of Anne-Marie Culhane and Paul Conneally.
Copyright of the renga A Circle of Fire is held by Anne-Marie Culhane, Paul Conneally and the particpants of the Grow Sheffield Renga Ramble